Strong goat industry pushed

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SAN JOSE, Antique – Gov. Rhodora Cadiao is optimistic the province can strengthen its goat industry with the organization of the Antique Goat Raisers Association.
“The provincial government is one with you in finding ways to upgrade and develop our existing goat population in our province. We have an existing demo-farm on goat at the municipality of San Remegio wherein existing stocks are being raised for milk and meat purposes,” said Cadiao during the recent culminating activity of the three-month long School on the Air on Small Ruminants here.
She also challenged the group to link with other present goat-raisers for future exchange of bucks or does, technologies, marketing and innovations, experiences and practices among the members.
“How can we market our goats if there are no stocks to sell or the volume cannot meet the existing demand in the market,” she added.
The association can also tap technical assistance from the Provincial Veterinary Office, the Department of Agriculture (DA) Region 6 and the private sector for technology updates and situation of the industry.
Meanwhile, Manuel Olanday, DA-6 regional technical director for operations and extension emphasized the need for values and cooperation among stakeholders in the goat industry.
“I know that Antique is the third province with highest population of goats in Western Visayas, but if we opted to remain as backyard raisers and will not take bold steps to create a goat industry, we will be at the mercy of the middlemen,” Olanday stressed.
He looked forward to see a resilient goat raisers association that can manage their market, withstand climate problems and foresee opportunities brought about by Asean integration. (J.E.E. Ogatis, DA-6/PN)




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